U.S. Chamber of Commerce table (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Hundreds of DC-area animal lovers and their four-legged dates turned out for the 26th annual Bark Ball
on Saturday, June 8, at the Washington Hilton
. The sold-out event raised money for the Washington Humane Society
(WHS) via ticket sales and auction, and featured a reception, seated dinner, presentation, auction, dancing and gift bag.
Geared toward a different crowd than the WHS’s annual Fashion for Paws runway show, the Bark Ball is the city’s only black-tie event where guests are permitted – nay, encouraged – to bring their dogs. The most dapper canines take the attire specification quite literally; every year, dozens of four-legged dates wear black tie ensembles or sport fashionable hats, to the delight of the biped attendees.
Kristina Robertson in Saks Fifth Avenue with Gabby the dog – barkleysquare.com (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Finally, while the Bark Ball is geared toward dogs, WHS has not forgotten the felines: in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, cat adoptions at the Washington Humane Society are just $25 for the rest of the month
Mikaela Meacham with Henry the pup and Brianna Michelle with dog Louis (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Dr. Katy Nelson and Scott Thuman – WJLA ABC 7 (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Sherman Glass, JR., Former President of ExxonMobil with wife Alana (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Cynthia Buffington in Tadashi with dog Lola and Matt Kayhoe (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)
Anissa Masters in Dolce and Gabanna brought her dog Georgia (Not pictured) with Giannine Alvarez in BCBG (Photo Credit: Vivian Leslie)